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Rural churches muster faith

The Mary Burnett Presbytery will host the Rural Muster in Nanango from 13-15 May.

Rural Muster is a three-day gathering of Uniting Church ministers and lay people from country Queensland and smaller urban congregations to seek God’s direction for ministry in their communities. Previous Rural Musters have been held in Mundubbera, Roma and Oakey.

Organisers encouraged people from all over Queensland to attend the event and listen to keynote speaker Julie Greig (a New South Wales rural chaplain) speak of her experiences connecting congregations and the community.

Electives will include: music in small congregations; involving children in worship; depression and suicide; using food in the context of worship; photography and worship; chaplaincy in the community; coping with the aftermath of natural disasters and many more.  

The organising committee considered postponing the event due to the financial and personal hardship suffered by people on rural properties and towns due to Queensland’s extreme flooding. They decided, however, that these traumatic floods made it more necessary to go ahead with the Rural Muster.

Motels and caravan parks are available in local towns and local congregations will provide accommodation where necessary to make attending the Muster more affordable. Organisers asked for people to pray for the event, for those who attend and those who provide the seminar content.

For more information contact Nev Bischoff (Nanango/Blackbutt/Yarraman Church Council secretary) on (07) 4163 1325 or here or Rev Sue Algate on (07) 4163 1493.